About Dr. Kate


Dr. Kate Russo is the Founder of Being in the Shadow, now based in her native Australia after two decades of living in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is an author, psychologist, and eclipse chaser who has seen 14 total solar eclipses from six continents over 25 years.

Kate’s unusual combination of skills and expertise allows her to carve out a unique niche that includes eclipses, community development, and tourism development.  She uses her academic and clinical skills to delve deep into the experience of totality, using these insights to help put words to the ineffable. She has surveyed and interviewed hundreds of people about their eclipse experience, and has authored three books. She shares the awe, excitement, and wonder of the total solar eclipse worldwide, and is in demand in the media and as a speaker due to her unique expertise, passion, and relatable manner.

Kate is also considered an authority on community eclipse planning, having been directly involved with eclipse planning efforts in many remote locations worldwide. Her passion is to ensure communities within the path of totality strategically align their eclipse preparations with community development plans, ensuring long-term sustainability. Kate’s White Paper on Community Eclipse Planning is now in its second edition, providing evidence-based guidance to communities on commencing their preparations for a total solar eclipse. She holds numerous leadership roles in her niche area. She advises on local, state, and national eclipse planning groups, and offers consultation and workshops with local Chamber of Commerce and tourism development groups to support eclipse planning efforts globally.

Kate loves helping everyone experience totality. She successfully partnered with a UK-based tour company that led sustainable eclipse tours for several years before the pandemic forced operations to cease. Since then, she has supported multiple tour groups in their planning efforts. For the 2023 Australian eclipse she accompanied the Virgin Galactic group for their exclusive totality experience.

Her message is clear.  You MUST get into the path of totality at least once to experience the incredible awe and wonder of being in the shadow.

Dr. Kate Russo


“There is no need to be fearful of the dark. Chase it, welcome it, embrace it. “

“The path of darkness leads to the most interesting of places.”

“Get into the path of totality, and find your bliss being in the shadow.”

“If everyone experienced a total solar eclipse, the world would be a better place.”